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Good catch. At first I assumed that our OP was engaging in the long, time-honored Christian tradition of quoting someone else’s words, as an alternative to critical thinking.
But a closer examination of the blog shows that Olivianus is actually the author. So it seems that we are the unwilling test audience for his deluded ramblings. Olivianus
, human trafficking has existed throughout recorded human history. As others have mentioned, there are multiple references to sexual slavery in your bible. Alberto cites some good examples on Reply #12 of this thread and Greybeard offers some examples on Reply #57.
Here is my favorite, from Deuteronomy 21:10-14. When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails 13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. 14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.Olivaianus
, I would also like to point out that in the US a mere century and a half ago, Christians used the bible to justify institutionalized human trafficking in the form of kidnapping, rape, forced labor and sexual exploitation and breeding. Historicity
, I respectfully disagree with the information contained in the sources that you cited in Reply #40. I think that there are many reasons that we do not “find” many of the victims of human trafficking. As someone who has worked with immigrants, refugees, and displaced people for more than two decades, I can attest to the fact that many trafficking survivors (especially victims of sexual trafficking) feel guilt and responsibility for their own circumstances, and never self-identify as either victims or survivors. I’ve worked with a lot of women who were aging out of the sex industry, or who had successfully completed their periods of indentured servitude, who are never officially counted by anyone as being a “trafficked person.” Instead, they are often just motivated to move forward.
This document outlines some of the reasons. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/campaign_kits/tool_kit_law/mindset_victim.html The following points illustrate how victims of trafficking may see themselves and their situations. It highlights the challenges that you may face as a law enforcement officer when interacting with potential victims.
• Victims are taught by their traffickers to distrust outsiders, especially law enforcement. They have a sense of fear and/or distrust toward the government and police because they are afraid they will be deported. Sometimes they feel that it is their fault that they are in this situation. As a coping or survival skill, they may develop loyalties and positive feelings toward their trafficker or may even try to protect them from authorities.
• Victims of human trafficking are hesitant to come forward because of their fear of being deported. While many of these victims are women and children who have been beaten and/or raped, their current situation may still be better than where they came from.
• Victims come from different social and ethnic backgrounds than the investigating officers. There may be significant cultural differences between the victim and U.S. law enforcement officials.
• Victims may be completely unaware of their rights or may have been intentionally misinformed about their rights in this country.
• Many victims do not self-identify as victims. They also do not see themselves as people who are homeless or as drug addicts who rely on shelters or assistance. Victims may not appear to need social services because they have a place to live, food to eat, medical care and what they think is a paying job.
• The victims may fear not only for their own safety but also for that of their families in their home countries. Some traffickers threaten that they will harm their victims' families if the victims report their situations to, or cooperate with, law enforcement.
• Criminal prosecution should empower the victims and should facilitate their healing process so that they see the crimes committed against them condemned and the people who harmed them punished.